Immigration and the New Religious Pluralism: A European Union/United States Comparison
Author: José Casanova
May 1, 2007
In this chapter from Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism (2007, ed. Thomas Banchoff), José Casanova develops an in-depth comparison of US and EU attempts to manage recent religious immigration. While immigrants in the United States enter an already-rich religious mosaic, Europe's new religious immigrants enter societies that are simultaneously largely religiously homogeneous and increasingly secular in personal beliefs. These distinct social arrangements have substantial impact on religious minorities and their patterns of accommodation.